Author: Julie Eaton

Birth of a Theory

When I took on the endeavor of covering the Salem music scene, I promised that I would push myself outside my comfort zone to find the people who were actively making the scene work, regardless of genre. What I have found is Salem has a thriving and vigorous hip hop community. To be honest, I’ve never been into hip hop. Frankly, growing up in a strict religious family in Salem Oregon can be…culturally isolating, to put it delicately. I just wasn’t exposed to this artform. Personally, I am thankful that I kept my mind open, because my dealings with...

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A Farewell to Allies

It all started in the Summer of 2012, Salem musicians Ben Thede and Ronan Baker had an adventurous and unconventional idea: to put together an album; bring in new musicians every Wednesday and write, arrange, record and mix every track in 24 hours. At first, Thede was writing and Baker was doing production, but by the third week, Baker had stepped up and was collaborating with Thede to finish 12 songs in 10 weeks to release the self-titled album. They took the album live by performing with a rotating cast of musicians. Pretty cool idea. Their second album was...

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Salem’s Big Heart

The Salem music scene is hopping! So many things to write about lately. But one story has ignited the music community like I have never seen, and has personally touched and inspired me and has restored my hope for us human beings. With that said, I am dedicating this week’s music page to local bassist, John Pounds. I have never met John Pounds, but I’ve seen him play. He is nothing short of brilliant. He plays a seven string bass and uses every one of those strings to lay down some of the fattest, funkiest basslines in his R&B/Funk/Soul/Jazz...

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Hey Salem – Make Music!

I am ever amazed and inspired by the many people in Salem who are diligently working to build our community. Two such folks are Mark Green and Carlee Wright. The directors of RiverCity Rock Star Academy and The Moxie Initiative, respectively, they are bringing an ambitious project to Salem called “Make Music Day.” This is an all day music festival which started in France in 1982 that occurs on the Summer Solstice, June 21st, each year. France’s Fête De La Musique has since spread worldwide to 700 cities in 120 countries, even into the United States. New York was...

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